Welcome, By-Godders, to the Monday edition of the Shotgun/Throwdown, brought to you today by Goldstar beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.
It's Syracuse week. I know they ain't the Syracuse of old...yet, but they are showing vast improvement under first year coach Marrone. All I ever have to do to get fired up for Syracuse is remember the "Marvin Graves Game." More on that later this week. I'm starting to get steamed now just thinking about it. The tipline is always open. Today's fun starts....now:
What You May Have Missed:
News of Note:
Mountaineer offense is good, not great - Charleston Daily Mail
"Consider a year ago WVU scored points on 44 percent of its turnover-free possessions. This season WVU is potent enough to score on 44 percent of all its possessions."
Freshman Clarke is Thunder to Devine's Lightning - eersports.com
Freshman fullback Ryan Clarke is providing WVU a physical presence in the running game.
WVU finds thunder - The Register-Herald
Another profile on Ryan Clarke.
WVU an enigma - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey F's column
Cadogan on WVU Visit: "I loved it." - eersports.com
New Jersey tight end-defensive end Sherard Cadogan talks about his official visit to West Virginia.
Florida Star Elam Favoring Mountaineers - eersports.com
He has a lot of conflicting statements in here, but the fact that we're so far up on his leader board speaks VOLUMES.
What's On Tap:
WVU-Syracuse Game Scheduled for Noon - MSNsportsNET.Com
Scheduled to be on ESPN Regional as the BIG EAST Network’s Game of the Week.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Bulls are ranked but are maintaining focus - Tampa Tribune
"The Bulls, who rose to 5-0 after a 34-20 victory at Syracuse, made their debut in this season's national top 25."
That Old Familiar Feeling: South Florida 34, Syracuse 20 - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
"Syracuse looked outmatched and killed their chances with seven turnovers in the loss to South Florida."
UC pulls out win over Miami - The Cincinnati Enquirer
"The Bearcats had their hands full with longtime rival Miami before pulling away for a 37-13 victory. That gave Cincinnati a 5-0 record and the Victory Bell."
Charlie Weis on where Notre Dame stands, Jimmy Clausen's production, more - Chicago Tribune
They lost to a UM team that lost to a 1-3 MSU team (at the time) and beat that said 1-3 MSU team. And he wants a higher ranking? Cry me a frickin' river. (It's because he knows his job depends on it after the last 3 years)
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Here's a video from Thursday's tailgate action, courtesy of WVIllustrated.com.
Today's honoree is an Israeli hottie. Meet Moran Atias.